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Zahia Wasko


Doctoral student  

Zahia Wasko, MSc in International Health (Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg) is currently pursuing her PhD in International Health at the Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University. She is engaged in research on non-communicable diseases, in particular on adherence to treatment and healthy lifestyle in Nouna, Burkina Faso, in support of her thesis. She also worked previously at Aspetar – Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar as a senior registered nurse in the Athlete Pre-participation Center where she was engaged in the medical screenings of athletes and health promoting programs.

Her main research interests include non-communicable disease in developing countries, adherence to treatment and methods to measure adherence, and health education and methods to implement health education programs. She has experience in promoting health programs and patient health education, as well as working in multicultural settings.  


2013              Master of Science in International Health, Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
2005 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Sainte Famille University, Batroun, Lebanon 


Arabic (native), English (fluent), French (fluent), German (B1)


2017 Research Investigator, Department of General Practice and Health Services, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2014-2015 Research Assistant, Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2007-2012 Senior Registered Nurse, Aspetar – Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar
2005-2007 Registered Nurse, Trad Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon


Although  not  listed  as  a  contributing  author,  Zahia  Wasko  has  been  a  team  member, 
performing data collection and data entry, on three projects which have been published:

Biddle L, Menold N, Bentner M, Nöst S, Jahn R, Ziegler S, Bozorgmehr K. Health monitoring among asylum seekers and refugees: a state-wide, cross-sectional, population-based study in Germany. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology 2019, 16(1): 3

Hamilton  B, Grantham J, Racinais S, Chalabi H. Vitamin  D deficiency is endemic in Middle 
Eastern sportsmen. NS Public Health Nutrition 2009, doi: 10.1017/S136898000999320X

Riding N, Othman S, Sharma S, Carré F, O’Hanlon R, George K, Hamilton B, Chalabi H, Whyte
G, Wilson M. Do big  athletes have big hearts?  Impact of extreme anthropometry upon cardiac hypertrophy in professional male athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2012, 46: 190-197

Wilson M, Chatard J, Carré F, Whyte G, Sharma S, Chalabi H. Prevalence of electrocardiographic  abnormalities  in  West-Asian  and  African male athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2010, 46:341-347

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